Japan’s Daiya Seto Breaks World Record, Knocks Off Chad Le Clos; SOFLO’s Abby Oyetunji Makes Debut, Alia Atkinson Earns Top Seed On Day One Of FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships


By Sharon Robb

HANGZHOU, China, December 11, 2018—On an exciting opening day of upsets and world records at the 14th FINA World Short Course Championships, Daiya Seto of Japan took center stage in his dual against world record holder and defending champion Chad Le Clos of South Africa.

Seto reeled in early leader Le Clos in the final 50 meters of the 200-meter butterfly to break the world record in 1:48.24. Le Clos’ previous record was 1:48.56. Both swimmers came in under world record time and are now one-two in the all-time rankings. Le Clos was second in 1:48.32 breaking his own African national record. China’s Zhuhao Li was third in 1:50.39.

Clay and Bolles alum Caeleb Dressel led off the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay with an American record of 45.66 which buoyed the U.S. to a world record in 3:03.03, breaking the previous mark of 3:03.30 set in 2009. Other relay members were Blake Pieroni, Michael Chadwick and Ryan Held. Russia was second in 3:03.11 and Brazil was third in 3:05.15.

After breaking the Lithuanian national record in morning prelims by four seconds, Danas Rapsys jumped out to an early lead and never wavered to win the 400-meter freestyle in a championship record 3:34.01, again breaking his own national record and third on the all-time list. Henrik Christiansen of Norway was second in 3:36.64 and Gabriele Detti of Italy was third in 3:37.54.

In a thrilling women’s race with three different leaders, Aussie Ariarne Titmus emerged as the winner in 1:51.38. American Mallory Comerford was second in 1:51.81 and Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands was third in 1:52.36.

Hungary’s Iron Woman Katinka Hosszu won her second 400-meter individual medley world short course title in 4:21.40, close to world record pace for most of the race. St. Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis was second in a career-best 4:25.84, third-fastest American of all-time. Fantine Lesaffre of France was third in 4:27.31.

In front of his hometown fans, China’s Shun Wang did not disappoint winning the 200-meter individual medley in 1:51.01 and knocking off American Josh Prenot, who was second in 1:52.69. Japan’s Hiromasa Fujimori was third in 1:52.73.

The U.S. women won the 4×100-meter freestyle relay knocking off world record and championship record holder Netherlands, 3:78.78 to 3:28.02. U.S. relay members were Olivia Smoglia, Lia Neal, Mallory Comerford and Kelsi Worrell Dahlia.

Four-time Olympian and world record holder Alia Atkinson of Jamaica and South Florida Aquatic Club set herself up to repeat as world champion in the 50-meter breaststroke earning the top seed in 29.54 for today’s final.

SOFLO teammate Abby (Araoluwa)Oyetunji, a Somerset Academy alum, made her world championship debut for Nigeria. She finished 52nd in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:16.23.

Other Florida swimmer results:

13. Anh Vien Nguyen, Vietnam/St. Augustine, 400-meter individual medley, 4:37.28

13. Marcelo Acosta, El Salvador/Azura, 400-meter freestyle, 3:42.74.

35. Patrick Groters, Aruba/NSU University School/Pine Crest Swimming, 200-meter individual medley, 2:02.16.

52. Abby Oyetunji, Nigeria/SOFLO, 200-meter freestyle, 2:16.23.

The short course worlds are swum in short course meters and held in the years when FINA does not hold its world championships (currently this means in even years). The short course championship is swimming-only where world championships feature all five aquatic disciplines.

A field of 960 swimmers, with several top names missing, from 178 countries are competing for 46 world titles over six days at the Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo Center Tennis Centre. The center is uniquely shaped like a lotus bowl with an 8,000-seat capacity.

Prelims are 9 a.m. in China, 8:30 p.m. EST in the U.S. Finals are 7 p.m. in China and 6 a.m. EST in the U.S.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

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FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships Begin Tuesday In China, Monday Night U.S. Time With Strong South Florida Connection


By Sharon Robb

HANGZHOU, China, December 9, 2018—Four-time Olympian Alia Atkinson of Jamaica and South Florida Aquatic Club is favored to repeat as world champion at the 14th FINA World Short Course Championships which begin Tuesday in China (Monday night in the U.S.).

Atkinson, the defending world champion and record holder, is seeded first in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.56 among a less than stellar field. Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania is seeded second in 29.36 and American Molly Hannis is third in 29.51. The prelims and semifinals are on opening day and finals the following day.

Atkinson, 29, broke her own world record at the FINA World Cup in Budapest on Oct. 6. She swam 28.56 breaking her previous mark of 28.64 which she set in Tokyo, Oct. 26, 2016.

The short course worlds are swum in short course meters and held in the years when FINA does not hold its world championships (currently this means in even years). The short course championship is swimming-only where world championships feature all five aquatic disciplines.

The World Short Course Championships have always been a meet where Atkinson has taken center stage. She was the first Jamaican swimmer to win a medal when she took silver in the 50 breaststroke in 2012 in Turkey. And, in 2014 she the first Jamaican to win a gold medal at the meet when she won the 100 breaststroke in Doha, Qatar.

SOFLO coach Chris Anderson is serving as the Jamaican team coach. Anderson has coached Atkinson since 2001 and has played a huge role in her success. Jamaican Breanna Roman had also qualified but withdrew because of illness.

SOFLO’s Abby Oyetunji, a Somerset Academy alum, is representing Nigeria in her world short course debut. Oyetunji has been swimming with SOFLO since 2011. She is one of four swimmers competing for Nigeria and one of only two women.

Patrick Groters, a NSU University School alum and Pine Crest Swimming Club swimmer, will represent Aruba. His older brother, Jordy, is graduating from Missouri this week.

American Heritage Plantation alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago will compete in five events. Doral and Metro Aquatic Club alum Isabella Paez will represent Venezuela.

Azura Florida Aquatics will be well-represented with current and alum swimmers coached by NSU University School coach Gianluca Alberani. Current swimmers are Sidrell Williams of Jamaica, Pedro Chiancone of Uruguay and Celina Marquez of El Salvador. Three alumni swimmers are Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador, Elisa Funes of El Salvador and Jhonny Perez of the Dominican Republic.

Other swimmers with Florida connections are Clay alum and Bolles Swimming Club swimmer Caeleb Dressel; Bolles alum Ryan Murphy; Melanie Margalis of St. Petersburg Aquatics; Vietnam’s Anh Vien Nguyen of St. Augustine Swim Team; Coral Springs Swim Club alum Abbas Qali and Plantation American Heritage alum Yousef Alaskari of Kuwait; and Westlake Prep alum Renzo Tjon-A-Joe of Surinam.

Other meet highlights:

USA Swimming’s five team captains are two-time Olympian Matt Grevers, three-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy, 2016 Olympic gold medalist Kelsi Worrell Dahlia, Madison Kennedy and Leah Smith. The U.S. team features 17 women and 18 men. The only top-seeded American male is Michael Andrew in the 100 IM. Kelsi Worrell Dahlia is the only American woman seeded first in the 100 butterfly. The women’s team will be coached by Brian Smith (Athens Bulldogs) and men’s team Dave Salo (Trojan Swim Club).

The U.S. team arrived in Hangzhou six days ago to give them twice as much time to adjust to the time zone as the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships they had in Tokyo last summer.

American Michael Andrew leads all male swimmers entered in five individual events. Teammate Leah Smith is entered in four women’s races.

Top names missing from the U.S. roster are five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky, seven-time world champion Simone Manuel, two-time world champion Chase Kalisz, two-time Olympic champion Lilly King and Olympic champion Nathan Adrian.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu is entered in eight events, six of which she won at the 2016 Windsor Worlds. She will swim all three backstroke events, 100 and 200 butterfly and all three individual medley races. Hosszu is the world record holder in the short course 100 back, 200 back, 100 IM and 200 IM.

Hangzhou is the capital city of Zhejiang province and its economic, cultural, science and educational center, Hangzhou is one of the central cities in the Yangtze River Delta. It also is a popular City of Scenic Tourism, ranking among the first batch of National Historical and Cultural Cities crowned by the State Council. Located in the southern wing of the Yangtze River Delta, western tip of the Hangzhou Bay, downstream of the Qiantang River, and the southern terminus of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, Hangzhou stands as a vital transport hub in southeast China.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Mary Smutny Finishes Third On Final Day Of Speedo Winter Junior National East Meet; SOFLO Finishes 15th


By Sharon Robb

GREENSBORO, N.C., December 8, 2018–Mary Smutny of South Florida Aquatic Club wrapped up an outstanding meet on the fourth and final day of the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Championship Saturday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Smutny, 18, after finishing first and second in the last two days, finished third in the 200-yard butterfly in a best time 1:56.69. Her time drop was 0.24. She went out in 56.19 and came home in 1:00.50. She was the fifth fastest in prelims in 1:58.36. She was seeded fifth in the 1:56.93.

South Florida Aquatic Club finished 15th among 70 teams in the women’s field. Smutny scored 53 of her team’s points.

Mason Manta Rays won the combined and men’s team titles and Nashville Aquatic Club won the women’s title.

One meet record was broken on the final day.

Alex Walsh, 17, of Nashville Aquatic Club won the 200-yard breaststroke in a meet record and best time 2:06.02. The previous mark was 2:07.44. Walsh finished with 73 points.

Her sister, Gretchen Walsh, the fastest 15-year-old 100 freestyler in history, won the sprint event in 47.79. Defending champion Kelly Pash was fourth. Walsh is now second all-time fastest in the 15-16 age group behind Simone Manuel’s 47.73 in 2013.

Swim Atlanta’s Jake Magahey, winner of the 500 freestyle, also won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 14:51.54, the only swimmer to crack 15 minutes.

Carson Foster, 17, wrapped up an outstanding meet with a win the 200-yard backstroke in a best time 1:41.20. He dropped 4/10ths of a second off his previous best. He finished with 60 points while his older brother Jake, 18, finished with 80 points.

SOFLO had six swimmers qualify for the meet. They were: Gaby Banks, Kathleen Golding, Molly Golding, Rafael Rodriguez, Hailey Jerew and Mary Smutny.

The meet started an hour early because of bad weather.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 698, 2. SwimMAC 653.5, 3. Dynamo 433.5, 4. Carmel 340.5, 5. Michigan Lakeshore 284; FLORIDA TEAMS: 7. Gator Swim Club 242, 18. Sarasota Tsunami 45, 23. Bolles 19.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 537, 2. SwimMAC 313.5, 3. Dynamo 287.5, 4. Enfinity 231, 5. SwimAtlanta 208; FLORIDA TEAMS: 10. Gator Swim Club 106, 12. Episcopal AmberJax 80, 19. East Coast Aquatic Team 38, 21. Sarasota Tsunmai 32, 22. North Florida 29, 24. Gator Swim Club 22, 36. Trinity Prep 17.5, 37. Bolles 17, 67. T2 Aquatics 2, 69. Area Tallahassee 1.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Nashville Aquatic Club 393, 2. SwimMAC 340, 3. Chelsea Piers 286.5, 4. TAC Titans 277, 5. Cardinal Aquatics 165; FLORIDA TEAMS: 11. Gator Swim Club 136, 13. Laker Swim 106, 15. South Florida Aquatic Club 64, 36. Sarasota Tsunami 13, 39. Greater Tampa 11, 48. tie, Sarasota YMCA, North Palm Beach 6, 57. Blue Dolfins 4, 65. Bolles 2.

WOMEN

1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Lola Mull, MMA 16:12.26, 2. Abigail McCulloh, SA 16:25.45, 3. Elizabeth Boeckman, CPAC 16:30.63; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 12. Michele Morgan, PS 16:39.95, 15. Michael Mattes, SYS 16:43.55, 21. Anna Auld, ECAC 16:49.35, 22. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 16:49.72, 30. Leah George, Bolles 16:55.78, 35. Shannon Campbell, LA 17:07.35, 40. Alix Roy, HIGH 17:24.20.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Claire Curzan, TAC 1:53.09, 2. Caitlin Brooks, GSC 1:53.89, 3. Kathryn Ackerman, MLA 1:54.37; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 5. Talia Bates, GSC 1:55.73, 13. Summer Stanfield, STRM 1:58.02.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Gretchen Walsh, NAC 47.79, 2. Isabel Ivey, LAKR 48.32, 3. Kate Douglass, CPAC 48.81; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 11. Talia Bates, GSC 49.97, 19. Ryley Ober, SRQ 50.52, 20. Olivia Taylor, YCF 50.68; SOFLO: 20. Kathleen Golding 50.68, finals; 50.39 prelims, 129. Hailey Jerew 54.27.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Alex Walsh, NAC 2:06.02, 2. Abby Arens, MOR 2:08.46, 3. Ella Nelson, NAC 2:09.30; SOFLO: 95. Molly Golding 2:23.47.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Charlotte Hook, TAC 1:55.67, 2. Grace Sheble, NOVA 1:56.25, 3. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 1:56.69; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 11. Sara Stotler 1:59.61, 23. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 2:01.64; SOFLO: Kathleen Golding, NS.

4×100-yard freestyle relay: 1. Nashville Aquatic Club 3:18.63, 2. Swim MAC 3:19.56, 3. Chelsea Piers 3:20.59; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 10. Laker Swim 3:25.19, 17. Blue Dolfins 3:27.87, 22. St. Andrew’s 3:29.69. 24. East Coast Aquatic Club 3:30.54, 25. Bolles 3:30.64, 28. Greater Tampa 3:31.24, 31. Storm 3:32.40, 36. Loggerhead 3:35.00, 37. Highlander 3:25.05, 38. SOFLO 3:36.53 (Mary Smutny, Molly Golding, Hailey Jerew, Gaby Banks).

MEN

1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Jake Magahey, SA 14:51.54, 2. Arik Katz, SRQ 15:01.92, 3. Jake Mitchell, SC 15:09.39; SOFLO: Rafael Rodriguez, DFS; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 8. Jack Vandeusen, Bolles 15:20.58, 22. Brendan Peacock, SWIM 15:37.68, 28. Chance Conde, Bolles 15:45.43, 31. Wesley Hyde, CFM 15:47.28, 36. Ryan Staunch, SWIM 15:52.53, 44. James Kim, EAJ 15:58.56, 54. Zachary Brewer, FSLA 16:12.08, 55. Riley Sampson, CFM 16:12.58, 57. Rafael Ponce De Leon, Bolles 16:24.05

200-yard backstroke: 1. Carson Foster, RAYS 1:41.20, 2. Wyatt Davis, CSC 1:43.84, 3. Noah Young, RAYS 1:44.34; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 16. Ethan McCloud, TCSC 1:49.00, 17. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 1:46.77.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Jack Alexy, SHY 43.44, 2. Adam Chaney, RAYS 43.67, 3. Kimani Gregory, RXA 43.95; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 7. Luke Uttley, TPA 44.64, 10. Julian Hill, GSC 44.55, 12. Jan Collazo Torres, TPA 44.75.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Josh Matheny, PEAQ 1:55.27, 2. Jake Foster, RAYS 1:56.01, 3. Paul Degrado, EAJ 1:57.55.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Jean-Pierre Khouzam, DR 1:44.41, 2. Sterling Crane, EAJ 1:45.62, 3. Noah Henderson, STAR 1:46.10; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 4. Tyler Watson 1:46.74, 10. Jace Crawford 1:47.46, 15. Mason Laur, T2 1:49.47, 18. Peyton Warner, GSC 1:49.49, 21. Nick Rogers, STRM 1:50.48; SOFLO: 66. Rafael Rodriguez 1:52.44.

4×100-yard freestyle relay: 1. Dynamo 2:59.08, 2. Mason Manta Rays 2:59.21, 3. SwimMAC 3:01.23; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 16. Gator Swim Club 3:06.30, 24. Patriot Aquatics 3:10.27, 25. Bolles 3:10.73, 25. Bolles 3:10.73, 26. Sarasota Tsunami 3:11.31.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Mary Smutny Takes Second At Speedo Winter Junior National East Meet; SOFLO Women 15th Among 55 Teams


By Sharon Robb

GREENSBORO, N.C., December 7, 2018–For the second year in a row, Mary Smutny of South Florida Aquatic Club finished runner-up in the 200-yard freestyle Friday at the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Championship at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Coming off her stunning first-place performance in the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday, Smutny, 18, came back to finish second in a close race in 1:45.75.

In an exciting finish, Smutny finished just behind Cora Dupre of Mason Manta Rays in 1:45.27. Dupre went out hard hammering the first half in 50.81 and held on in the back half for the win.

In prelims, Smutny was eighth fastest in 1:47.57. Dupre was third fastest in 1:46.86.

SOFLO teammate Kathleen Golding, 18, was 12th in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:18.06. She was tenth fastest in morning prelims in 4:12.46.

South Florida Aquatic Club women’s team is 15th among a field of 55 teams with 48 points.

Nashville Aquatic Club continues to lead with 297 points. Mason Manta Rays have all but clinched the men’s title with 409 points and lead the combined with 549 points ahead of SwimMAC with 474.5.

SOFLO has six swimmers competing during the four-day meet: Gaby Banks, Kathleen Golding, Molly Golding, Rafael Rodriguez, Hailey Jerew and Mary Smutny.

Two more meet records and one national age group record were broken on Day 3.

In a battle of brothers, Carson Foster of Mason Manta Rays won the 400-yard individual medley in a meet record 3:40.86. The previous record was 3:43.64. Jake Foster was second in 3:43.64.

Sterling Crane of Episcopal AmberJax won the 100-yard butterfly in 47.22 ahead of Jean-Pierre Khousam of Dayton Raiders in 47.26.

Chelsea Piers won the 4×50-yard freestyle relay in 1:29.04, both national age group and meet records. Relay members were Bridget Semenuk, Sophia Moore, Maxine Parker and Kate Douglass. The previous record was 1:30.09 by SwimMac set in 2015.

South Florida Aquatic Club was 15th in 1:34.13, second highest finish among Florida teams, with relay swimmers Hailey Jerew, Kathleen Golding, Mary Smutny and Gaby Banks finishing ahead of Laker Swim, Bolles, East Coast Aquatic Club, Blue Dolfins, Greater Tampa and St. Andrew’s.

Swimmers competing in the winter junior championship are competing at the specific location (East or West) as determined by the LSC in which they are registered with USA Swimming. The West meet is being hosted at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.

The East meet, both prelims and finals, are being webcast live at usaswimming.org. On Saturday, the fourth and final day, prelims are 9 a.m., 1,650-yard freestyle at 2 p.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

FRIDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 549, 2. SwimMAC 474.5, 3. Dynamo 308.5, 4. Carmel 216.5, 5. Michigan Lakeshore 215; FLORIDA TEAMS: 6. Gator Swim Club 196, 17. Sarasota Tsunami 28, 22. Bolles 8.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 409, 2. SwimMAC 230.5, 3. Dynamo 208.5, 4. Enfinity 177, 5. SwimAtlanta 141; FLORIDA TEAMS: 10. Gator Swim Club 97, 14. Episcopal AmberJac 40, 18. East Coast Aquatic 26.5, 25. Sarasota Tsunami 15, 26. North Florida 14, 30. Gator Swim Club 13, 39. Bolles 6, 56. tie, Trinity Prep 1, Area Tallahassee 1.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Nashville Aquatic Club 297, 2. SwimMAC 244, 3. TAC Titans 209, 4. Chelsea Piers 197.5, 5. Mason Manta Rays 140; FLORIDA TEAMS: 8. Gator Swim Club 99, 13. Laker Swim 75, 15. South Florida Aquatic Club 48, 31. Sarasota Tsunami 13, 34. Greater Tampa 11, 42. North Palm Beach 6, 46. tie, Sarasota YMCA 4 and Blue Dolfins 4, 53. Bolles 2.

WOMEN

400-yard individual medley: 1. Grace Sheble, NOVA 4:06.35, 2. Kathryn Ackerman, MLA 4:07.79, 3. Isabel Gormley, AGUA 4:08.80; SOFLO: 12. Kathleen Golding 4:18.06; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 15. Summer Stanfield 4:19.73, 22. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 4:20.48.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Claire Curzan, TAC 51.92, 2. Kate Douglass, CPAC 51.95, 3. Gabi Albiero, CARD 51.97; SOFLO: 26. Mary Smutny 55.00; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 4. ISabel Ivey, LAKR 52.11, 6. Talia Bates, GSC 53.05, 13. Abby Gibbons, BD 54.02, 15. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 54.53, 20. Caroline Cooper, HIGH 54.73.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Cora Dupre, RAYS 1:45.27, 2. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 1:45.75, 3. Kelly Pash. CSC 1:46.21; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 6. Ryley Ober, SRQ 1:46.97, 7. Isabel Ivey, LAKR 1:47.98, 13. Ella Bathurst, GTSA 1:48.76, 21. Savannah Barr, SYS 1:48.70, 24. Adair Sand, BOLLES 1:52.58.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Taylor Steele, CAC 1:00.54, 2. Sophia Zhang, AGUA 1:00.83, 3. Janessa Mathews, OSSC 1:00.90; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 10. Ella Bathurst, GTSA 1:02.19; SOFLO: 112. Molly Golding 1:07.08, 117. Hailey Jerew 1:08.34.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Alex Walsh, NAC 50.88, 2. Gretchen Walsh, NAC 51.75, 3. Isabel Ivey, LAKR 52.19; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 5. Caitlin Brooks, GSC 52.70, 8. Talia Bates, GSC 53.68, 22. Mary Kate Kelley, EAJ 55.14.

4×50-yard freestyle relay: 1. Chelsea Piers 1:29.04 (Bridget Semenuk, Sophia Moore, Maxine Parker, Kate Douglas), 2. Nashville Aquatic Club 1:30.25, 3. SwimMAC 1:31.47; 15. SOFLO 1:34.13 (Hailey Jerew, Kathleen Golding, Mary Smutny, Gaby Banks); FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 12. Gator Swim Club 1:33.79, 17. Laker Swim 1:34.38, 18. Bolles 1:34.41, 24. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:35.04, 26. Blue Dolfins 1:35.08, 30. Greater Tampa 1:35.80, 33. St. Andrew’s 1:36.77, 39. Highlander 1:37.86, 41. Sarasota YMCa 1:38.70, 42. Storm 1:38.89, 43. Loggerhead Aquatics 1:39.02.

MEN

400-yard individual medley: 1. Carson Foster, RAYS 3:40.86, 2. Jake Foster, RAYS 3:43.64, 3. Owen Conley, DR 3:46.25; SOFLO: 115. Rafael Rodriguez 4:06.66; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 5. Tyler Watson, NFS 3:51.03, 22. Mason Laur, T2 3:59.09.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Sterling Crane, EAJ 47.22, 2. Jean-Pierre Khouzam, DR 47.26, 3. Max Edwards, EAC 47.47; SOFLO: 102. Rafael Rodriguez 51.31; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 16. Ryland Sun, ATAC 49.65, 21. Luke Uttley, TPA 49.25.

200-yard freestyle: 1. John Walker, MAC 1:34.16, 2. Julian Hill, GSC 1:35.14, 3. Jack Wright, ANSC 1:35.43; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 12. Peyton Werner, GSC 1:37.61, 16. Luke Uttley, TPA 1:39.08, 24. Trevor McGovern, GSC 1:42.86.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Josh Matheny, PEAQ 52.89, 2. Jake Foster, RAYS 53.20, 3. Paul Degrado, EAJ 54.06.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Adam Chaney, RAYS 47.26, 2. Wyatt Davis, CSC 47.41, 3. Jacob Eismann, OSSC 47.71; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 16. Hayden Kwan, USC 49.12, 18. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 49.08.

4×50-yard freestyle relay: 1. Mason Manta Rays 1:19.98 (Carson Foster, Noah Young, Jake Foster, Adam Chaney), 2. Dynamo 1:21.93, 3. SwimMAC 1:22.00; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 12. Gator Swim Club 1:23.77, 25. Bolles 1:25.97, 26. Patriot Aquatics 1:26.37, 30. Sarasota Tsunami 1:27.15, 32. Bolles 1:27.98.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, 4×100-yard freestyle relay

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Mary Smutny Wins Speedo Winter Junior National East Title


By Sharon Robb

GREENSBORO, N.C., December 6, 2018–Mary Smutny added another title to her impressive swimming resume.

Making her competitive debut for South Florida Aquatic Club, Smutny, 18, won the 500-yard freestyle Thursday at the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Championship at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Smutny, seeded first, was the fastest qualifier in morning prelims in 4:44.72 and came back to win in finals with a best time of 4:42.45. Her previous best was 4:42.80. Her time drop was 0.35.

Smutny jumped out to an early lead and led by nearly a body length at the 200-yard mark. She extended her lead over the next 200 yards and coasted to the victory.

At the 2017 Winter Juniors East, she swam four personal bests. She was second in the 200 freestyle, third in the 500 freestyle, tenth in the 100 butterfly and 18th in the 100 free. She also swam the 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 IM.

Smutny is coming off an impressive high school state meet for Cutler Bay. The senior won the school’s first state championship in any sport. Smutny is home schooled and swims for Cutler Bay. At the 1A state meet, she won the 200-yard freestyle and was second in the 100-yard freestyle. Smutny has committed to swim her collegiate career at University of Texas.

SOFLO teammate Kathleen Golding was 15th in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.97 and 52nd in the 50-yard freestyle 23.61. She went 2:00.65 in morning prelims.

Hailey Jerew, 18, also making her SOFLO competitive debut, dropped 2.14 seconds off her 50-yard freestyle in 24.01. Her previous best was 26.15.

South Florida Aquatic Club is 17th among the women’s teams with 22 points. Nashville Aquatic Club leads the women’s field with 184 points and Mason Manta Rays led the men’s teams with 255 points.

Three meet records were broken on Day Two.

Defending champion Alex Walsh of Nashville Aquatic Club broke her own meet record to win the 200-yard individual medley in 1:53.69. Her previous mark was 1:54.02. Walsh also led off the winning 400-yard medley relay that won in 3:35.23.

Mason Manta Rays swept the top two spots in the men’s 200-yard individual medley. Carson Foster won in a meet record 1:42.54, breaking Michael Andrew’s record of 1:42.77 set in 2015. His brother Jake Foster was second in 1:44.57. The Foster brothers also swam the first two legs of the winning 400-yard medley relay team that won in a meet record 3:11.11.

SOFLO has six swimmers competing during the four-day meet: Gaby Banks, Kathleen Golding, Molly Golding, Rafael Rodriguez, Hailey Jerew and Mary Smutny.

Swimmers competing in the winter junior championship are competing at the specific location (East or West) as determined by the LSC in which they are registered with USA Swimming.

The West meet is being hosted at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.

The East meet, both prelims and finals, are being webcast live at usaswimming.org. On Friday prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. On Saturday prelims are 9 a.m., 1,650-yard freestyle at 2 p.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

THURSDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 343, 2. SwimMAC 271, 3. Dynamo 223, 4. Michigan Lakeshore 133, 5. Gator Swim Club 116; FLORIDA TEAMS: 13. Bolles 8.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 255, 2. Dynamo 146, 3. SwimMAC 106, 4. Enfinity Aquatic Club 87, 5. Dayton 86; FLORIDA TEAMS: 10. Gator Swim Club 65, 17. Sarasota Tsunami 15, 23. Gator Swim Club 9, 29. Bolles 6, 35. Episcopal AmberJax 4.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Nashville Aquatic Club 184, 2. SwimMAC 165, 3. Chelsea Piers 116, 4. TAC Titans 111, 5. Mason Manta Rays 88; FLORIDA TEAMS: 10. Gator Swim Club 51, 17. South Florida Aquatic Club 22, 31. tie, Sarasota YMCA 4, North Palm Beach 4, 37. Bolles 2.

WOMEN

500-yard freestyle: 1. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 4:42.45, time drop, 2. Ellie Marquardt, ATOM 4:43.76, 3. Kelly Pash, CSC 4:44.78; Florida Swimmers: 14. Michele Morgan, PS 4:50.28, 17. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 4:48.09, 20. Ryley Ober, SRQ 4:49.19.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Alex Walsh, NAC 1:53.69, 2. Kate Douglass, CPAC 1:56.09, 3. Isabel Ivey, LAKR 1:56.13, FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 13. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 2:00.57, 17. Ella Bathurst, GTSA 1:59.76; SOFLO: 15. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:00.97.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Gretchen Walsh, NAC 21.82, 2. Kate Douglass, CPAC 21.95, 3. Claire Curzan, TAC 22.06; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 5. Isabel Ivey, LAKR 22.27, 10. Talia Bates, GSC 22.54, 19. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 23.05; SOFLO: 52. Kathleen Golding 23.61, 116. Hailey Jerew 24.01, 143. Gaby Banks 24.25.

4×100-yard medley relay: 1. Nashville Aquatic Club 3:36.23 (Alex Walsh, Ella Nelson, Lauren Hurt, Gretchen Walsh), 2. TAC Titans 3:38.47, 3. SwimMAC 3:39.57; FLORIDA TEAMS: 6. Gator Swim Club 3:40.43, 26. Laker Swim 3:48.14, 28. Bolles 3:48.24, 32. East Coast Aquatic Club 3:49.43, 37. St. Andrew’s 3:51.26.

MEN

500-yard freestyle: 1. Jake Magahey, SA 4:14.61, 2. John Walker, MAC 4;15.02, 3. Julian Hill, GSC 4:18.80; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 8. Payton Werner, GSC 4:26.01, 12. Arik Katz, SRQ 4:25.41, 17. Jack Vandeusen, BSS 4:26.52, 22. Jace Crawford, EAJ 4:29.52; SOFLO: 88. Rafael Rodriguez 4:40.05.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Carson Foster, RAYS 1:42.54, 2. Jake Foster, RAYS 1:44.57, 3. Zach Hils, LEXD 1:46.03.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Adam Chaney, RAYS 19.87, 2. Noah Hendrson, STAR 19.90, 3. David Curtiss, HACY 19.96; FLORIDA TEAMS: 23. Patryk Pilkowski, FE 20.83.

4×100-yard medley relay: 1. Mason Manta Rays 3:11.11 (Carson Foster, Jake Foster, Jacob McDonald, Adam Chaney) 2. Dynamo 3:16.69, 3. Michigan Lakeshore 3:16.77; FLORIDA TEAMS: 13. Gator Swim Club 3:21.15, 15. Episcopal AmberJax 3:21.83, 24. Bolles 3:24.48, 28. Patriot Aquatics 3:25.85, 34. Blue Dolfins 3:28.02, 37. Bolles 3:31.47.

FRIDAY SCHEDULE

Men and women 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke and 4×50-yard freestyle relay.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Relays Kick Off Speedo Winter Junior Nationals-East Meet With National Age Group, Meet Records; SOFLO Competes In First Relay


By Sharon Robb

GREENSBORO, N.C., December 5, 2018–South Florida Aquatic Club got its first race under its belt Wednesday at the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Championship at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The foursome of Kathleen and Molly Golding, Mary Smutny and Gaby Banks competed in the 4×200-yard freestyle relay and finished in 7:39.25 and was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher.

Nashville Aquatic Club swept the women’s 4×50-yard medley relay and 4×200-yard freestyle relay with the same foursome of Alex Walsh, Ella Nelson, Lauren Hurt and Gretchen Walsh. The 4×50 won in 1:38.32 and 4×200 won in 7:11.69.

In the men’s relay competition, the Mason Manta Rays broke the 15-18 national age group record in the 4×200-yard freestyle by nearly seven seconds in 6:23.97 with brothers Carson and Jake Foster, Jacob McDonald and Adam Chaney. The previous record was 6:28.25.

The Mason Manta Rays also won the 50-yard medley relay in a meet record 1:26.52 with the same foursome. The previous record was 1:27.11.

SOFLO has six swimmers competing in the four-day meet. Gaby Banks, Kathleen Golding, Molly Golding and Rafael Rodriguez head the contingent. Hailey Jerew and Mary Smutny will swim unattached for SOFLO.

Swimmers competing in the winter junior championship are competing at the specific location (East or West) as determined by the LSC in which they are registered with USA Swimming.

The West meet is being hosted at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.

The East meet, both prelims and finals, are being webcast live at usaswimming.org. On Thursday and Friday prelims are 9.m. and finals 5 p.m. On Saturday prelims are 9 a.m., 1,650-yard freestyle at 2 p.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMac 192, 2. Mason Manta Rays 166, 3. Dynamo 124, 4. SwimAtlanta 65, 5. Michigan Lakeshore 66; Florida Teams: 7. Gator Swim Club 48, 9. Bolles 8.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 112, 2. Dynamo 84, 3. SwimMAC 80, 4. SwimAtlanta 46, 5. Dayton Raiders 42; Florida Teams: 10. Gator Swim Club 30, 13. Sarasota Tsunami 10, 16. Bolles 6.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 112, 2. Nashville Aquatic Club 80, 3. Mason Manta Rays 54, 4. Dynamo 40, 5. NOVA of Virginia Aquatics 36; Florida Teams: 14. Gator Swim Club 18, 19. Sarasota YMCA Sharks 4, 20. Bolles 2.

WOMEN

4×50-yard medley relay:
1. Nashville Aquatic Club 1:38.32 (Alex Walsh, Ella Nelson, Lauren Hurt, Gretchen Walsh), 2. TAC Titans 1:39.53, 3. Chelsea Piers 1:39.53, 19. Bolles B 1:44.00, 22. Blue Dolfins 1:44.34, 27. Greater Tampa 1:44.72, 30. East Coast Aquatic Club (Megan Murphy, Paige Maceachern, Madison Cummings, Chade Nersicio), 35. St. Andrew’s 1:46.16 (Aspen Gersper, Shayna Fetes, Emily Trieschmann, Lucy Miller).

4×200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Nashville Aquatic Club 7:11.69 (Gretchen Walsh, Ella Nelson, Lauren Hurt, Alex Walsh), 2. SwimMAC B 7:16.42, 3. SwimMAC 7:16.59, 15. Sarasota YMCA 7:28.38, 16. Bolles 7:28.40, 17. Gator Swim Club 7:28.89, 31. Greater Tampa 7:38.05, 32. SOFLO Unattached 7:39.25 (Kathleen Golding, Molly Golding, Mary Smutny, Gaby Banks), 36. East Coast Aquatic Club 7:43.56 (Ella Martinez, Madison Cummings, Paige Maceachern, Anna Auld).

MEN

4×50-yard medley relay: 1. Mason Manta Rays 1:26.52 (Carson Foster, Jake Foster, Jacob McDonald, Adam Chaney), 2. Enfinity Aquatic Club 1:29.06, 3. Michigan Lakeshore 1:29.88; Florida Teams: 16. Gator Swim Club 1:32.46, 24. Bolles 1:34.12, 31. Blue Dolfins 1:35.80, 33. Bolles B 1:36.42

4×200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Mason Manta Rays 6:23.97, 2. Carmel Swim Club 6:30.94, 3. SwimMAC 5:35.02; Florida Teams: 5. Gator Swim Club 6:37.19, 12. Sarasota Tsunami 6:45.38, 14. Bolles A 6:46.36, 27. Bolles B 7:00.83.

THURSDAY SCHEDULE

Men’s and women’s 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle, 4×100-yard medley relay.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Ready To Race At Speedo Winter Junior Nationals-East Meet


By Sharon Robb

GREENSBORO, N.C., December 4, 2018–South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Championship Wednesday through Saturday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

SOFLO has qualified six swimmers for the four-day meet.

Gaby Banks, Kathleen Golding, Molly Golding and Rafael Rodriguez head the contingent. Hailey Jerew and Mary Smutny will swim unattached for SOFLO.

Kathleen Golding, 18, is seeded sixth in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:12.46. Golding is entered in six events. In addition to the 400 IM, she will also swim the 200 IM (seeded 11th in 1:58.58), 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle (seeded 11th in 49.38) and 200 butterfly.

Rafael Rodriguez is qualified in five events: 500 freestyle, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 1,650 freestyle and 200 butterfly.

Molly Golding is entered in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events. Gaby Banks will swim the 50 freestyle.

Smutny, 18, seeded first in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:42.80. She is seeded third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.36 and 15th in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.48. She will also swim the 100 (seeded 12th in 53.81) and 200 butterfly (seeded fifth in 1:56.93) events.

Jerew will swim the 50 and 100 freestyles and 100 breaststroke.

SOFLO will also compete in five relay events.

In addition to SOFLO, among clubs competing are SwimMAC, Nashville Aquatics, Gator Swim Club, Pine Crest Swimming, Swim Florida, NOVA of Virginia, Dynamo, East Coast Aquatic Club, North Palm Beach and Bolles.

Swimmers competing in the winter junior championship must compete at the specific location (East or West) as determined by the LSC in which they are registered with USA Swimming.

The West meet is being hosted at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.

The East meet, both prelims and finals, will be webcast live at usaswimming.org. On Wednesday relay action begins 6 p.m. On Thursday and Friday prelims at 9.m. and finals 5 p.m. On Saturday prelims are 9 a.m., 1,650-yard freestyle at 2 p.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com